Coronavirus Update for Wednesday, July 8

The following is the latest information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8.

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS has updated its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund web page to remind providers that to be considered for its next distribution of CARES Act money to Medicaid and CHIP providers, interested parties must submit their gross revenues from patient care for CY 2017, 2018, or 2019 by July 20, 2020.  Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered for funding.  To learn more about this process, interested parties can read the Medicaid and CHIP provider distribution fact sheet.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS has published an FAQ addressing matters involving provider burden relief.
  • In March, CMS published a memo “…granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs for acute care hospitals, Prospective Payment System (PPS)-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, renal dialysis facilities, and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians for all providers and suppliers…” participating in certain CMS quality data reporting programs.  Those exceptions have now expired.  Providers

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, July 2

The following is the latest information from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.

Reminder:  Submit COVID-19 Case Data

 

Department of Health and Human Services

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, June 30

Coronavirus update for Tuesday, June 30 as of 2:30 p.m.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • An HHS spokesperson tweeted yesterday that “@HHSGov expects to renew the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 before it expires.”
  • HHS announced that it has entered into an agreement to secure a supply of remdesivir, a drug used to treat COVID-19. Hospitals will have to purchase the drug from the pharmaceutical company and its distributor at the negotiated price of about $3200 a treatment, with the amount each hospital can purchase to be determined by the federal government and state health departments based on recent COVID-19 caseloads.  Those allocation decisions will be made every two weeks, and beginning on July 6 hospitals will be asked to submit their data through the TeleTracking web portal by Monday at 8 p.m. ET every two weeks.

 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has updated its toolkit on state actions to mitigate the prevalence of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

CMS hosts recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19.  These sessions are open to members of the health care community and are intended …

Coronavirus Update for Friday, June 26

Coronavirus update for Friday, June 26 as of 3:30 p.m.

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS updated its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQ. The latest changes are marked “6/22/2020.”  Most refer to the planned Provider Relief Fund distribution of $15 billion to Medicaid and CHIP providers.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Coronavirus Update for Monday, June 22

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 22 as of 2:30 p.m.

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS has added new questions and answers and modified others in its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQ. Providers should review these changes carefully; they are marked 6/19/2020 and 6/21/2020.

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund – Medicaid and SCHIP-Only Distribution Webcasts

On its Provider Relief Fund web page, HHS has posted the following notice:

HHS expects to distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers through the Provider Relief Fund.  Join our webcast to learn more about the application process.  Please pre-register to reserve a spot on your preferred date:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2 PM ET

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2 PM ET

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services